Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam in the Netherlands

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Updated: November 10, 2020

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Pulitzer Amsterdam – Atmospheric historic hotel in the heart of the Canal Belt.

This boutique hotel stretches across twenty-five interlinked seventeenth-century canal houses and is named after the original owner, the relative of the Pulitzer Prize founder. The interior is a careful blend of original features such as historic beamed ceilings, maze-like passages and fireplaces, antiques, and contemporary art and design. Each room is uniquely styled, but all rooms come in muted shades of blue, yellow, or purple and with custom-made 1930s style drinks trolleys with cocktail mixing facilities. Marble bathrooms feature rain showers (some also have tubs and quirky porthole windows) and Le Labo products. An efficient concierge service, excellent on-site dining, and an iconic bar are extra perks.

Pulitzer Amsterdam – Location

  • Address: Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ Amsterdam. Map.
  • Nearest Tram: Westermarkt.
  • Area: Wonderfully central, overlooking Prinsengracht canal in the Unesco-protected Canal Belt, and part of the hip Nine Streets neighborhood. Numerous boutiques, bars, and dining options nearby. Lively Jordaan district, Anne Frank House, and Dam Square are just a few minutes on foot, and the Museum Quarter is 10 minutes away by bike or tram. The nearest tram stop, Westermarkt, is 2 minutes’ walk away, with convenient connections to the Medieval Centre and Centraal Station.
  • How to Get There: Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Centraal Station, then tram #13 to the Westermarkt stop.
  • Handy to: Anne Frank House, Nine Streets, historic canal ring, Dam Square.

Pulitzer Amsterdam – The Basics

  • Ages: Most guests tend to be couples on a romantic break, but families with children are made to feel welcome.
  • View: Over half of the 225 rooms overlook Prinsengracht canal; the rest come with garden or courtyard views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pool/jacuzzi.
  • Laundry: In-room laundry service.
  • Extras: Rooms come with bicycle repair puncture kits. The hotel runs its own 75-minute canal tours in their classic 1909 saloon boat (€38 per person).
  • When to Book: Reserve 3 months in advance for the mid-March to mid-May tulip season, the July-August high season, and the Christmas-New Year period.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 020-523-5235
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: pulitzeramsterdam.com

Pulitzer Amsterdam – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa, but in-room massages and beauty treatments can be arranged.
  • Fitness Center: There’s a compact fitness center kitted out with TechnoGym equipment.
  • For Disabled Guests: One room is adapted for guests with limited mobility.
  • For Families: Children are welcome, though negotiating the stairs with a pram can be tricky. Children under 3 stay for free, there are activity books for toddlers, Amsterdam travel diaries for older children, and a children’s menu at Jansz. restaurant. Babysitting services can be arranged at extra charge.

Pulitzer Amsterdam – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Open from 11am until late, Jansz. serves elegant, globally-inspired dishes such as beef tartare, dover sole meunière, burrata and Caesar salads, and cheeseburgers. Dinner reservations recommended. $$$. • Open all day, Pause at Pulitzer is a garden café serving breakfast, coffee, and light bites. $$.
  • Lounge/Bar: Gentleman’s club-style Pulitzer’s Bar is a local institution, renowned for its classic cocktails. Features numerous wines by the glass.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. A generous breakfast spread of locally sourced products costs €28 per person and is served at Pause between 7am and 11am. Eggs done to order, pancakes, and omelets cost extra.
  • Room Service: Room service is available around the clock from Jansz.

Pulitzer Amsterdam – Rooms

  • Room Types: Cosy Room • Classic Room • Generous Room • Family Room • Suite • Grand Suite • Luxury Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Pulitzer is 100% smoke free.
  • Best Room: It’s hard to go wrong with a Canal View room in any size category. Of the 4 themed suites, the Art Collector’s Suite is particularly splendid, its collection of original paintings and sculptures rivaling that of the city’s museums, though the Pulitzer Suite, with its original chandeliers and free-standing tub, is the most romantic of the rooms.
  • For Families: There is a family suite, 4 family rooms, and 8 interconnecting rooms.

Pulitzer Amsterdam – Local Transport

  • Walking: Right in the Nine Streets shopping neighborhood, less than 10 minutes’ walk to the Royal Palace and Dam Square, and a 20-minute stroll to the Museum Quarter.
  • Tram: From the nearby Westermarkt stop, trams run to Centraal Station via the Medieval Centre. To head south towards Leidseplein and the Museum Quarter, catch a tram from the nearby Dam stop.
  • Taxis: Taxis and Uber charge around €35 from the airport to the hotel. Within the city, Uber rides cost around half of taxi fares. It’s often quicker to walk, cycle, or jump on a tram.

Pulitzer Amsterdam – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Gs Brunch Boat – The world’s only brunch boat sets sail year round from Keizersgracht 177. Extensive menus are accompanied by mimosas and bloody marys, together with an hour and a half’s Amsterdam canal tour. Start location: 3-minute walk.
  • Secret Food Tours – Sample raw herring, stamppot, stroopwafel, pancakes, and more on this walking tour of traditional Dutch food hotspots. Meet at the Anne Frank House. 3-minute walk.
  • Jewish History Amsterdam – Themed walking tours of Jewish Amsterdam; tours of the western canal ring typically start at the Anne Frank House. Start location: 3-minute walk.
  • Lovers Canal Cruises – Hour-long small boat canal cruises depart from the dock near the Anne Frank House. Start location: 3-minute walk.

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Bistro Bij Ons – Homestyle Dutch dishes such as stamppot (potatoes mashed with sausages and vegetables) and poffertjes (pancakes with butter and sugar). 1-minute walk.
  • Koh-I-Noor – Established Indian restaurant specializing in tandoori dishes and curries. 2-minute walk.
  • Restaurant De Struisvogel – Basement restaurant specializing in French-inspired dishes. 4-minute walk.
  • Spanjer en van Twist – Frequently changing, internationally inspired menu, excellent apple tart, and a great canal-side terrace for people-watching. 5-minute walk.
  • Pancake Bakery – Traditional Dutch pancakes with sweet and savory toppings cooked in an open kitchen opposite the Anne Frank House. 5-minute walk.
  • Bar Brasserie OCCO – Modern European dishes plus excellent gin-based cocktails. 6-minute walk.
  • Vinkeles – Michelin-starred French fine dining inside an atmospheric 18th-century bakery. Reserve well ahead. 6-minute walk.
  • Haesje Claes – Low ceilings, dark-wood furniture, and Dutch classics – from smoked fish platters to stamppot (potatoes mashed with vegetables). 7-minute walk.
  • Lucius – Local institution, popular as ever after 4 decades. Expect refined seafood dishes, from the pike the restaurant is named after to steamed razor clams with chili. Reservations advised. 7-minute walk.
  • Breda – One for special occasions. Multi-course, seasonal lunch and dinner menus by some of the city’s most creative chefs, plus 15 wines by the glass. Reservations essential. 7-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Cafe ‘t Smalle – 18th-century jenever distillery turned beautiful brown café, with porcelain beer pumps and appealing riverside terrace. 5-minute walk.
  • De Doffer – Informal 70’s-style café and bar, popular with students and artists. Inexpensive beer and food. 6-minute walk.
  • De Admiraal – Amsterdam’s largest traditional tasting house, with 16 jenevers and 60 liqueurs. 7-minute walk.
  • Café Hoppe – Centuries-old, wood-paneled brown café attached to a modern pub with terrace. 8-minute walk.
  • Café de Vergulde Gaper – Former apothecary turned popular canal-side bar, with vintage posters and a sunny terrace. Good for a coffee, beer, burger, or light lunch. 8-minute walk.
  • ‘t Arendsnest – Dutch beer only: almost 200 bottled brews and 30 on tap. Choose between the canal-side terrace or the gorgeous brown café interior, complete with copper jenever boilers. 9-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

  • Amsterdam Watch Company – Sells exclusive handmade watches by the likes of Christiaan van der Klaauw; old watches are restored here. 2-minute walk.
  • Mendo – Books on art, design, photography, and architecture. 4-minute walk.
  • The Darling – Quirky, funky, locally-designed clothes and accessories for women. 5-minute walk.
  • Denham the Jeanmaker – Flagship menswear store selling jeans, jackets, and knitwear; the women’s branch is around the corner. 5-minute walk.
  • Marie Stella Maris – Local, sustainable brand of beauty products, with part of the proceeds donated to clean water projects worldwide. 6-minute walk.
  • Puccini Bomboni – Some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates. One of three branches. 6-minute walk.
  • Reypenaer Cheese Tasting – Browse through the cheeses in the shop above or descend into the cellar to taste 6 of the offerings (book ahead). 6-minute walk.
  • Amsterdam Duck Store – Nothing but rubber ducks here, from classic yellow to Batman, S&M, and Game of Thrones ducks. 7-minute walk.
  • Scotch & Soda – Chic street wear for men and women from the Amsterdam fashion label gone global. Lots of denim. 8-minute walk.

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Marqt – Well-stocked supermarket. 5-minute walk.

Pulitzer Amsterdam – The Hotel

The hotel runs its own canal tours.

Pulitzer Amsterdam runs its own 75-minute canal tours in their classic 1909 saloon boat.

Popular Pulitzer's Bar has a gentleman's club-style decor.

Pulitzer’s Bar is a gentlemen’s club-style watering hole that attracts Amsterdammers and guests alike. It serves classic cocktails and wine, and is open till midnight.

Pause garden cafe serves breakfast, coffee, and light bites.

Breakfast is served in the Pause at Pulitzer garden cafe from 7am to 11am. The rest of the day, it serves coffee and light bites.

Stylish Jansz. serves elegant, global dishes.

Jansz. is the stylish on-site restaurant specializing in elegant, globally-inspired dishes. It’s open from 11am till late and dinner reservations are highly recommended.

The gym is small but well-equipped.

The compact gym looks out onto the courtyard and is open from 7am to 10pm.

The lobby has a colorful and comfortable sitting area.

Pulitzer Amsterdam lobby has a comfortable and colorful sitting area.

The courtyard is quiet and very popular.

The quiet courtyard has outdoor seating and is popular on warm and sunny days.

The courtyard is a great area to relax in.

The courtyard has several chillout areas for guests.

The colorful Classic rooms offer courtyard views.

Classic Rooms come either with twin, queen, or king-sized beds and tend to have courtyard views.

Some of the spacious Generous rooms offer canal views.

Generous Rooms are more spacious than the Classic ones, again with a choice of king, queen, or twin beds. Some have canal views.

All bathrooms feature either power showers or rain showers.

Most bathrooms come with walk-in oversized rain showers; others have regular power showers.

The Pulitzer Suite is especially romantic.

The Pulitzer Suite is considered to be the most romantic, with original chandeliers and a free-standing tub.

The Book Collector’s Suite is decorated with books and a bicycle.

Each of the 4 Luxury suites is individually themed. This is the Book Collector’s Suite.

The sitting area of the Book Collector’s Suite is filled with books.

The Book Collector’s Suite has a sitting area filled with books on art and architecture.

The Art Collector’s Suite features museum-worthy paintings and sculptures.

The original paintings and sculpture collection in the Art Collector’s Suite rival those in the city’s museums.

Bistro Bij Ons serves large portions of hearty Dutch classics.

Just up the street is Bistro Bij Ons, a no-nonsense spot for hearty Dutch food. Large potions.

Koh-i-Noor is a local favorite for its curries and North Indian dishes.

Around the corner is Koh-i-Noor, a popular curry house that’s been a neighborhood fixture for years.

Wil Graanstra under the Westerkerk Church is very popular.

Koh-i-Noor is on busy Raadhuisstraat. Catch a tram to the Medieval Centre and Centraal Station and grab some tasty Belgian fries from the Wil Graanstra takeout beneath the church.

The Tulip Museum showcases the country's centuries-old obsession with tulips.

The Tulip Museum is across Prinsengracht canal from Westermarkt. If not in Amsterdam during tulip season, it’s well worth visiting the museum to understand the country’s centuries-old obsession with the flower.

‘t Smalle is popular for its selection of local jenevers and outdoor terrace.

Around the corner and across the Egelantiersgracht canal, ‘t Smalle is one of the most atmospheric bars in the city for trying the local jenever spirit. Great little outdoor terrace, too.

Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam's most popular destinations.

Just north of Westermarkt is the Anne Frank House, where her family hid from the Nazis during WWII. It’s one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, so book tickets online to skip the lines.

The Pancake Bakery serves delicious traditional Dutch filled pancakes.

Nearby, the Pancake Bakery serves traditional Dutch pancakes with sweet and savory fillings. It’s particularly busy at lunchtime.

Spanjer en van Twist serves an imaginative and ever-changing menu.

Overlooking the Leliegracht canal nearby, Spanjer en Van Twist is one of the most creative restaurants in the neighborhood, with a frequently changing menu of international dishes and a great canal-side terrace for people-watching.

Café de Vergulde Gaper is set in a former canal-side apothecary.

A block north along Prinsengracht canal, Café de Vergulde Gaper is one of the few bars in the northern part of the canal ring; it’s a former apothecary’s shop with a popular canal-side terrace.

Torensluis square is by the Singel canal and leads to the historic canal ring.

Half a block north of the Anne Frank House, Leliegracht leads east to the tiny Torensluis square that overlooks the Singel canal.

Puccini Bomboni specializes in the city's best handmade chocolates.

There are 2 worthwhile shops facing Torensluis: one is a branch of Puccini Bomboni selling some of Amsterdam’s best handmade chocolates.

Reypenaer Cheese Tasting offers cheese tastings in its cellar.

The other, across the street, is the Reypenaer Cheese Tasting. There are cheese shops with a wider range of Dutch cheeses, but this place does regular cheese tastings in the cellar (book ahead).

Amsterdam Duck Store specializes in novelty rubber ducks.

Nearby is the Amsterdam Duck Store; novelty rubber ducks range from Harry Potter and Madonna to Game of Thrones characters.

‘t Arendsnest is a great beer bar.

A block north along Herengracht canal, ‘t Arendsnest is the perfect haunt for beer lovers: it serves over 200 Dutch bottled beers and over 30 on tap, and has both an atmospheric interior and a wonderful canal-side terrace.

Breda offers imaginative, seasonal, multi-course tasting menus.

Just south of Torensluis is Breda, one of the most imaginative restaurants in the city, the higher-end sister to Guts & Glory (off Rembrandtplein), and a great place to bring a date. Reserve well ahead for the seasonal, multi-course tasting menus.

The Nationaal Monument at Dam Square is a popular tourist attraction.

A block and a half southeast of Breda and 4 blocks east of the hotel is Dam square – Central Amsterdam’s busiest square – filled with visitors and buskers, and home to the Nationaal Monument which is dedicated to WWII’s fallen.

The Royal Palace is a popular tourist attraction.

The big attraction here is the Royal Palace – the official residence of the King of the Netherlands. When the king’s away, visitors can check out the sumptuous rooms.

Nieuwe Kerk is known for its beautiful oak chancel and excellent exhibitions.

Just north of the Royal Palace, the 15th-century Nieuwe Kerk is well worth a look for its beautiful oak chancel and excellent temporary art and photography exhibitions.

Lucius is renowned since decades for its seafood.

South from Dam along Spuistraat and dotted with good bars and restaurants, Lucius is a locally beloved seafood institution of several decades.

Haesje Claes is known for its traditional Dutch dishes, smoked fish, and seafood platters.

Further down is Haesje Klaes, an atmospheric warren of centuries-old dining rooms and a great place to sample traditional Dutch dishes: the smoked fish platters are particularly good.

Art Plein Spui is held on Sundays as an outdoor book and art market.

At the southern end of the street is Spui square, one of the most popular gathering spots in the Medieval Centre. On Sundays, it hosts the Art Plein Spui, an outdoor book and art market.

Café Hoppe offers a wood-paneled interior and an outdoor terrace.

Just off Spui, there’s a cluster of popular bars; Café Hoppe is a local institution with a centuries-old, wood-paneled interior, plus an outdoor terrace for people-watching.

Scotch & Soda specializes in chic street wear.

Stretching west from Spui is one of the main shopping streets that make up the trendy Nine Streets neighborhood. Boutiques to look out for include Scotch & Soda, the Amsterdam fashion label specializing in chic streetwear for men and women.

We Are Labels specializes in street wear.

Across the street from Scotch & Soda, We Are Labels stocks streetwear by mbyM, Global Funk, Norr, and more.

Marie Stella Maris sells eco-friendly and popular beauty and skincare products.

On the corner, Marie Stella Maris sells locally renowned beauty and skincare products with an eco-conscience.

Keizersgracht canal connects clusters of boutiques in the neighborhood.

Cross Keizersgracht canal to reach the next cluster of boutiques.

The Darling sells funky, locally-designed women’s wear and accessories.

These include The Darling – funky, locally designed women’s wear and accessories.

Denham sells men's denim wear, with a women's branch nearby.

Across the street, Denham stocks denimwear for men. The women’s branch is around the corner.

De Doffer is a popular 70's-style cafe.

If looking for a break from shopping, De Doffer is a retro, 70s-style café popular with the local creative types.

Michelin-starred Vinkeles is known for its French fine dining.

Just along Keizersgracht canal, The Dylan Hotel is home to 2 excellent restaurants, both popular with non-guests. Book well ahead for the Michelin-starred French fine dining at Vinkeles.

Informal Bar Brasserie OCCO serves great modern European dishes.

Bar Brasserie OCCO is stylish but informal, serving great Modern European dishes and gin-based cocktails.

Houseboat Museum showcases what a houseboat looks like.

If curious about what a houseboat looks like on the inside, cross Prinsengracht canal to the west to check out the Houseboat Museum.

Mendo is an excellent bookstore with a good selection of coffee table books.

A block north from the Denham store, another narrow shopping street stretches across the 4 historic canals. Shops worth looking out for include the excellent Mendo bookstore which is particularly strong on coffee table books on art, design, and architecture.

Restaurant de Struisvogel serves good French-inspired dishes.

Around the corner is the Restaurant de Struisvogel, a popular lunch stop for shoppers that serves French-inspired dishes.

Marqt is a well-stocked supermarket nearby.

Across the Keizersgracht canal bridge, Marqt is the local branch of the upmarket, well-stocked supermarket.

De Admiraal is popular for its selection of jenevers and local spirits.

Just along the Herengracht canal, De Admiraal is one of the best places in the city to taste a variety of jenevers and other local spirits. Great outdoor terrace.

The Amsterdam Watch Company sells limited edition timepieces.

Across Keizersgracht canal from the hotel, the Amsterdam Watch Company is the place to visit for limited edition timepieces made by the likes of Christian van der Klaauw.

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